Over 4 months ago now I purchased No7's Hot Cloth Cleanser from Boots for £8.75 - I was considering buying the much talked about Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser from Liz Earle but for the same sized 200ml tube it was £21.50 plus of course the postage. So as both products had equally great reviews I opted for the cheaper version.
Now as my blog is about being savvy I thought I would firstly talk about the price, as I am sure some of you will be wondering if it's worth the money.
For £8.75 you do get a boxed 200ml tube of the cleanser which is actually really thick and per cleanse you only need one pump of the product so it will last you a good amount of time. I am tempted to say 3 - 5 months. I am however only 1/3 of the way through this as I only use it when I have worn a full face of makeup which is about 3 times a week. As I feel like this is the only thing that thoroughly cleanses my skin and exfoliates it at the same time.
You also get one muslin cloth to use with the cleanser which I do feel isn't up to scratch with the cleanser. It is quite thin and basically quite cheaply made. Which does mean after running it under hot water it gets cold quite quickly. Having said that is does work fine and does the job. I would suggest if you don't want to exfoliate your skin with the muslin cloth you could use a normal soft flannel instead.
Onto the product itself - Like I previously mentioned this is a really thick cleanser that feels similar to a cold cream or a thick cream, which does give a rich feel to the cleanser. As for application, you apply the cleanser onto dry skin and massage it in (which feels quite nice and relaxing) to loosen all the makeup you are wearing and any dirt/oil. You then run the muslin cloth under warm to hot water (so that it's still comfortable) and wring out the excess water. You are them supposed to place the cloth over the face to open the pores (I would say splashing your face with warm water before applying the cleanser then patting it dry would work better)...well this is what it instructs you to do. I do find that the muslin cloth goes cold by doing this. So I skip that part and start to remove the cleanser in circular motions using different parts of the muslin cloth as I go.
They do advise that you splash your face with cold water after use to close the pores however I do think this can be abit of a shock to the skin and also not something you want to do at night when you are going to bed. So I just splash my face with warm-ish water to make sure the cleanser is totally removed. Then just softly pat your face dry.
If of course you don't want to exfoliate your skin every time you use the cleaner as previously mentioned just swap the muslin cloth for a soft flannel or even a small facial sponge, which does feel quite relaxing and doesn't leave the skin looking at all red.
As the name suggests this does really give a radiance boost to the skin - the skin almost glows after use. It also leaves the skin feeling plumped up, soft and most importantly totally clean.
Also something that is worth a mention is what skintypes it would be suitable for. I personally have quite an oily T-zone then normal to dry skin everywhere else on my face, so abit of everything really. I have found it works wonders for removing the dry skin from the sides of my nose and chin.
So I do feel as it is so mild that is would work fine with all skintypes even quite sensitive skin (I would say opt for a flannel though).
I also feel this would be a great product for ageing skin - anyone that suffers from dry or dull skin it would be perfect for. It just brings back that healthy glow to the skin and plumps it up abit.
Overall this is a really great product for any age or skintype. It is relaxing and calm to the skin and worth every penny.